Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 520 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 500 HS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Touch screen
Touch screen
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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS over the Canon ELPH 500 HS.
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 500 HS

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Aperture Much wider aperture f/2.0 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the 500 HS's lens captures much more light (1.5 f-stops)
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen size Larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Size Smaller 100x55x25 mm vs 113x73x46 mm
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2.7x smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The 500 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.4 fps vs 0.9 fps
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Around 4x faster continuous shooting
Weight Lighter 185 g vs 306 g
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Around 40% lighter
Thickness Thinner 1" vs 1.8"
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Around 50% thinner
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Advantages of the Canon SX150 IS

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Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Zoom Slightly more zoom 12x vs 4.4x
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More than 7.5x more zoom
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $102.98 vs $137.99
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The best price we've seen is $35 cheaper (around 30% less)
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the 500 HS.

similarities

Compared to recent digicams

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
500 HS:$137.99
SX150 IS:$102.98
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
500 HS:3.4 fps
SX150 IS:0.9 fps

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$185

Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$225

Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Travel zoom

$200

Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
Nikon Coolpix L320

Nikon Coolpix L320

Super zoom

$192

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker

Canon ELPH 500 HS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon ELPH 520 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Ultra compact

$149 - $175

Macro focus Better macro capability
Zoom Slightly more zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon IXUS 255 HS

Canon IXUS 255 HS

Travel zoom

$407

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Macro focus Better macro capability
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon ELPH 100 HS

Canon ELPH 100 HS

Compact

$180

Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
Weight Slightly lighter
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$170 - $250

Weight Slightly lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
Canon ELPH 510 HS

Canon ELPH 510 HS

Travel zoom

$179

Macro focus Better macro capability
Zoom Slightly more zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Supports 24p No 24p support

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Travel zoom

$117 - $170

Battery life Much longer battery life
Zoom Slightly more zoom
Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Travel zoom

$145 - $180

Battery life Significantly longer battery life
Zoom Slightly more zoom
Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Travel zoom

$241

Lowest price More expensive
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Super zoom

$399 - $400

Zoom Much more zoom
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Significantly larger
Screen size Smaller screen
Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Super zoom

$194 - $230

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Size Larger
Thickness Thicker

appearance

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discussion

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